A woman from Texas was killed while shielding her son from a tree beat down by high winds in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee last week, according to her family.
Laila Jiwani, 42, was hiking with her husband and three children on Porter Creek Trail on Thursday when the tree fell, common spokesman Mike Litterst told the Dallas Morning News.
Litterst said one of her children was disabled. The spokesman said the 6-year-old was airlifted to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
In a Facebook post, since deleted, Jiwani’s husband Taufiq expressed the view that their son suffered a burst leg and superficial leader harms during a “simple/ safe” hike, is in accordance with the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Jiwani said doctors told him his wife — who the New York Postidentified as a pediatrician at Cook Children’s Northside Neighborhood Clinic in Fort Worth — took most of the effects and saved her son.
He expressed the view that part of the tree “fell from the sky.”
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday in Dallas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report . em>